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Solar Power International 2008


At events such as Solar Power International 2008,  you can learn a great deal about Americas future energy source. 

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Go and add up all your electricity bills, as many as you can find.  Odds are that it is in the tens of thousands of dollars just within the last few years.  Why not take that money and buy a solar panel system that does not pollute the earth and will give you free energy.  Greedy energy companies will have you paying forever for energy, its time you take things into your own hands.  Help save the planet for your grandchildren and control energy costs by having free electricity for a long long time.

Electricity is the most efficient power source available to us every day and getting electricity from the Sun is only natural.  The US has great solar energy potential.  Germany which is far ahead in terms of the number of installations has about as much sun power as Seattle which is not a lot yet it has 30 times the number of solar panels installed countrywide when compared to the US. 


A simple 3 kW solar system will avoid the release of 3 tons of carbon per year, this is equal to planting an entire acre of trees.  No greenhouse gases or pollution.  No burning coal or oil or natural gas or propane. 

At events such as Solar Power International you can have all your questions answered as well as see how panels are made in action though various demo machines which actually do the work in real life.  It is a real eye opener. 


If you have a south facing roof or land that is free from shade from 9 to 3 then you have a desirable solar location.  The more direct sun the better, however about 4 hours of direct sun is adequate year round.

Buying a solar system now with heavy incentives will give you electricity for more than 25 years, most panels last longer.  Solar panels power all the satellites in outer space and they have been working for more than 50 years.  All that free electricity can be yours.

During the daylight hours, energy created is used in your home and excess energy is sold back to the power company through current electrical wiring.  Net Metering allows you to sell the unused power to the utility company.  Older dial meters will actually spin backwards.

Solar is easy to install without any heavy machinery and solar energy requires no moving parts and no maintenance.

Most solar panels are warranted for
25 years and so your investment is safe and will deliver power for years to come that is pollution free.  If one panel should fail it can easily be replaced.

The federal and state incentives are the highest they have been in years.  Some states cover up to 80 % of the cost of your solar system.


Solar Hot water systems also are easy to install and take away the need to use electricity or fossil fuels to heat up water.  About 30% of the power you use is used to heat up hot water for daily use.  Solar heaters are in use all over the world yet in the US they sell for about $10,000 installed whereas in China they are available for $300 installed.  Hopefully more competition will make solar hot water systems drop in price.  The hot water can be then used for cooking, heating your home, and for bathing and swimming pools.  The benefits are truly great. 

The solar system can increase the value of your home as well.  What would you buy, a home that makes its own electricity or one that has a huge electrical bill every month?  And solar systems have no sales tax, and do not add to your homes property tax.

Solar panels are strong,  passing hail tests, and are regularly installed in Arctic and Antarctic conditions.  You can add backup power to your home for days when power outages happen by adding a bank of batteries which will be charged by your solar system.  Solar panels will reduce wear and tear on your current roof, keeping it shaded and preventing natural wear down.  Your home will be cooler in the summer due to the natural shading of the solar panels.  Most panels are installed on a rack with room for air to circulate underneath them. 

Thin film panels can stick to your roof but generally produce less energy per square feet than regular solar panels. There are other options as well, such as clay tiled panels, panels which are designed like roof tiles and at events such as Solar Power International, you can view the widest range of styles of the latest and newest panels.  Arnold and many other celebs invite you to come on down during the public free viewing days.  

Will solar power be able to power your new electric car?  If you are sure to have enough extra power to charge the car, as well as do all that you are doing now, you will be sure to life a truly green carbon free life.  When all your electricity comes from the sun and you can charge your car with that free energy, America will truly be clean and green.  As the wave of plug in hybrids and true fully electric cars begins to come online, those with solar systems providing all the power will be far ahead of the green curve.  Power companies will likely convert to solar power soon but they will charge you forever for that power and if you have your own power generation system on your roof, you will be one of the few enjoying free energy down the road. 


Current incentives for all types of green add ons are available at 
http://www.dsireusa.org/




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